#53 | Garden State 2: Pet Sematary
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February 22, 2018
Remember when everybody loved Garden State? Strange as it seems, Zach Braff’s directorial debut was widely praised on release - so why has its reputation curdled so dramatically in recent years? Louise Ball joins us this week to discuss Manic Pixie Dream Girls, alarming animal cruelty and to help pitch the sequels that none of us actually want to see… Released in 2004 at the height of Zach Braff’s Scrubs fame, Garden State was a slow-burn box office success, grossing over $35 million against a $2.5 million budget, bouyed by a Grammy-winning soundtrack and enthusiastic reviews. Despite this initial success, the movie later attracted criticism for its ponderous exploration of mid-twenties ennui and the characterisation of Natalie Portman’s female romantic lead as less a recognisable human being than an infantilised collection of infuriatingly self-conscious quirks. Is Garden State totally without merit? We didn’t quite think so. In this episode we discuss some of the reasons the movie was initially so…